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Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

Ingredients Oreo Cookie Crust Ingredients: 1 cup finely-crumbled Oreo cookies 2 Tbsp. melted butter Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ingredients: 16 oz. (2 bricks) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter 3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 2 eggs, room temperature 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract Chocolate Ganache Ingredients: 1 cup dark chocolate chips 3 Tbsp. heavy cream 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar (or more) Topping: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, crumbledMethod
To Make The Oreo Cookie Crust:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the finely-crumbled Oreo cookies and melted butter until blended. Press the mixture into your mini cheesecake pan (or other baking pan) in your desired thickness, press until flat, then bake for 5 minutes and remove. (**I placed 1/2 tablespoon of the crust into each mini cheesecake, and then patted it down with my spoon.**) 
To Make The Peanut Butter Cheesecake:  In an electric mixer, add the cream chee…

Creamy Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup


1-1 1/2 - 2 ounce envelope white sauce mix
4 cups water
1-14 ounce can vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1- 7 or 8 ounce package dried cheese tortellini (about 2 cups)
1-12 ounce can evaporated milk
6 cups fresh baby spinach leaves or torn spinach
Ground black pepper (optional)
Finely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)


1.Place dry white sauce mix in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Gradually add the water to the white sauce mix, stirring until smooth. Stir in broth, mushrooms, onion, garlic, basil, salt, oregano, and cayenne pepper.

2.Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

3.Stir in dried tortellini. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 1 hour more or high-heat setting for 45 minutes more.

4.Stir in evaporated milk and fresh spinach. If des…

Banana Caramel Cream Dessert

Banana Caramel Cream Dessert
Vanilla Pastry Cream (recipe below) Bananas (I used two bananas for 6 small dessert servings) Good quality caramel sauce, or dulce de leche. Fresh whipped cream (I used 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar) Graham Cracker crumble (recipe below)

Vanilla Pastry Cream
2/3 cup sugar (can be reduced to 1/2 cup if you prefer desserts less sweet) 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups whole milk 2 eggs 2 Tablespoons butter 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste) Directions: In a medium bowl,  beat eggs with a fork to combine.  Set aside. Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan.  Gradually pour in milk, while whisking, to make a smooth mixture.  Cook over medium heat, stirring almost constantly, until the mixture thickens and boils.  Continue to cook and stir one minute. Pour several tablespoons of the hot mixture into the bowl with the eggs and immedia…

Mushroom and spinach stuffed chicken.

INGREDIENTS4ozchicken breast (butterflied) ½tablespoonpaprika1teaspoonwhite pepper½tablespoonolive oil½cupspinach (wilted)½cupmushrooms (sautéed)2ozmarinara sauce2tablespoonsparmesan cheese (shredded)1pinchsalt to taste PREPARATION Season chicken with paprika, salt, and white pepper. Place spinach, mushrooms, and parmesan cheese onto chicken breast and roll. Place shaved parmesan and spinach on top for color. Bake in 300˚ oven until the internal temperature reaches 155˚. Serve with marinara sauce. The Skinny 213 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated), 5 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein